It’s been a long time since I can remember feeling this happy for someone having a moment on a ball field – like I felt for Crosby tonight. In the YES post-game, Bubba said that he’s never hit a walk-off homer in his life – not even in Little League. It’s awesome with a capital “A” that he gets to do it now, given the situation, and the location. It’s a memory that he will have forever. Good for him. The Mattingly-induced new stroke is working for Bubba. He’s batting .379 in 13 games this month. And, also on the YES post-game, Torre said that “he’s become a regular part of this thing.” What a wonderful story.
Even though the Yankees have been saying for a week-plus now that this is our post-season, tonight’s game was the first one for me that had that true play-off feel. And, despite the stellar picthing of Obi Wang (nine assists for him and just one fly ball allowed!), I was feeling uneasy watching this game with all the runners that the Yankees were leaving on base.
What a wonderful win. And, tonight, Bubba and Wang sent a message to Torre – “We can play and shine under big pressure.” This is what happens on championship teams – the Wangs, Crosbys, Smalls, etc., of the world come out of nowhere and play big roles. These are good signs.
And, thank you Devil Rays! The Yankees magic number is now 14. Any combination of Boston losses and Yankees wins that equal 14 means the Yankees will win the A.L. East. And, there are 13 games to go.
Lastly, has anyone ever seen a baseball player as big as Walter Young before? Six-five, three-twenty-two? I would imagine that when he goes to a restaurant, he looks at the menu and says “Okay!”